We are spending our second day on verse three of Romans chapter one. If you missed any of our previous discussions concerning this word by word study through Romans you can find them on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.
Before we go on today I also want to reference my friend Ben Nelson’s blog series on the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. The things that he is writing tie in to some of the discussions we are having here and add interesting counterpoint to my thoughts.
Verse 3 of Romans 1 reads,
“regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life[a] was a descendant of David,”
It’s interesting to contemplate that Jesus’ earthly life is only one very small part of the Son of God’s experience. It’s His earthly life that we tend to emphasize because that is the part of His existence which most directly impacts us. His arrival on earth, his life and teachings, his death and his resurrection were seismic shifts for the human race.
I do sometimes wonder though, out of all the things Jesus has done throughout the course of eternity: creating eternity, creating time, creating the Earth, coming to Earth as a man to die on the cross and rise from the dead, ascending back to Heaven to rule and reign at the right hand of the Father, which does Jesus place first in His memory?
Does He value the memory of the cross before all else or is that something He tries to push out of His mind? Would He rather remember the glory of creation or the glory of the resurrection?
Maybe it is silly but I do wonder if maybe Jesus’ perspective might not be a little different from ours simply because it happened to Him and not to us.
What do you think?